TMJ Disorders & Bruxism
TMJ disorder (also referred to as TMD) and bruxism are two different conditions that can both have a negative effect on the proper functioning of the mouth and oral health but can be related to each other. TMJ disorder occurs due to misalignment of the joint where the lower jaw meets the skull. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, occurs when you grind your teeth unconsciously, often at night, when you are under stress, or both. In many cases, patients are unaware that you grind your teeth.
Despite the distinction, there is an overlap in symptoms between these two conditions. Bruxism can be a symptom of & be caused by TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. Conversely, TMJ disorder can cause &/or worsen bruxism.
Our initial treatment for both these conditions are the same. We prescribe a night guard/occlusal guard to help alleviate the stress on your teeth and the supporting structures, resulting in less pain.